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#40 of 45 Re: Maybe It's Finally Time... [hpmctorque]
Oct 18, 2011 (11:54 am)
I wonder if this means Mustang is finally dumping the live rear axle on the next edition?
#41 of 45 Re: Maybe It's Finally Time... [berri]
Oct 18, 2011 (1:36 pm)
I read that the '14 Mustang, which will be the 50th anniversary edition, will be on a new platform, and will feature IRS.
I haven't read anything about a Lincoln based on this next generation platform, but it would make sense. The wheelbase could be stretched for the Lincoln.
#42 of 45 Re: Maybe It's Finally Time... [hpmctorque]
Oct 19, 2011 (9:11 am)
I guess, but I really don't see Lincoln being a serious competitor to any one of those, except maybe Cadillac, which isn't saying much. To me, Cadillac is a one-trick pony right now with CTS, stretching that platform to the limit with 3 offspring. I could see the coupe maybe, possibly tapping some G37 and 1-series sales but I don't think it'll get any CLK, A5 or IS and the like.
But I could see this in helping bring Lincoln back in the V6 or V8/RWD game, which is really where most consider the standard drivetrain configuration to be considered luxury. And with the Mustang going IRS supposedly (still fingers-crossed), this offers them even more reason as well as a possible way to spread the cost out. Could this spawn another T-Bird attempt?
A very good discussion.
#43 of 45 Re: Maybe It's Finally Time... [jae5]
Oct 19, 2011 (5:29 pm)
"I don't think it'll get any CLK, A5 or IS and the like."
Why not? I'm betting that the next Ford RWD platform will be world class, in terms of design, and their engine and transmission technology is now competitive with the world's best.
I've read that styling wise, the '14 Mustang will not be bound by retro design restrictions, as the current one is. It may have some retro cues, but Ford stylists have been given the freedom to introduce a fresh design. It's being designed for world markets, not just for North America.
As for a new T- Bird, anything is possible, but I think Lincoln stands a better chance, because revitalizing Lincoln is a higher priority than adding yet another model to the Ford lineup. Besides, the margins would be wider for a Lincoln coupe than for a T-Bird. These are just my thoughts, and it's all speculation because its been about four years since I've read anything about a RWD Lincoln.
#44 of 45 Re: Maybe It's Finally Time... [hpmctorque]
Oct 21, 2011 (12:54 pm)
Not a slant towards you so please don't take this personal but every time I hear "the next FOMOCO / GM / Chrysler platform will be world class in terms of..." I just smirk and think "Here we go again, when have I heard that before".
Not saying that it couldn't happen, I just don't see it because Lincoln has pretty much become Ford's "badge engineering" division, a la GMC and RIP Pontiac/Saturn/older Buicks. But if they prove me wrong I'd gladly take my hat off to them / Ford - it may actually get me (and others) to start looking at them again. Even if they don't do a coupe, just a nice, proper RWD platform along with real sheetmetal differentiation from a Ford product would help them tremendously, and possibly help Ford division to have another RWD car besides Mustang.
Again, an interesting and good discussion.
#45 of 45 Re: Maybe It's Finally Time... [berri]
Oct 21, 2011 (3:37 pm)
Maybe you missed the fact the the Mustang already was sold with IRS?
It was the Mustang Cobra. sold up through 2004.